Link to list of equipment Don Thompson bequeathed to our club, prepared by member Guy Hampel.
The Milky Way’s New Spiral Arm
Early textbook drawings of our galaxy may show many spiral arms around a spherical nucleus. Then a bar was found in the galaxy’s center . .. then the number of arms went to four . . .then to two. It’s tough to see on the other side of the nucleus, though. But, as was reported at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting, using only a 4-foot dish on the roof of the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, the 60,000 light year long tip of a spiral arm was found using Carbon Monoxide emission. As illustrated in the diagram (courtesy of Sky & Telescope), you can now see what the galaxy may look like . . .or the latest rendition anyway!
Thursdays at 7pm: October 10th, November 9th. For more information, see Events Calendar.
At our dome (For directions, click here): October 12th and November 9th, 7 to 9pm.
At Homer Lake: October 5th, 7-10pm.
Check out the Night Sky Network website: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov
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The Champaign Urbana Astronomical Society is devoted to the promotion of astronomy and enjoyment of the night skies.
The second largest planetarium in the state offers public programming on Friday and Saturday nights at Parkland College. Call 351-2446 for a current schedule or see www.parkland.edu/planetarium.